NC Peaches, A Modern Take on Gardening

The Triangle is home to one of the country’s largest collection of modern houses.  This week our host, Harold Johnson, talks with George Smart and Sharon Bell Glazener to learn how to landscape these modern marvels.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, is out in his garden and will return next week. 

What’s Happening

North Carolina’s peach season is in full swing. As our state doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to ship peaches nationwide, the bulk of our crop is eaten fresh. NC produces about 5500 tons of peaches, compared with industry leader California which produces around 700,000 tons of peaches in a season. If you are buying peaches from the farmers market, a roadside stand, or the grocery store, the Extension Service says the ripeness of peaches has little to do with the redness, but rather the yellow-green balance. As peaches ripen from the blossom end first, select peaches with a slight bit of green near the stem, these peaches can be kept at room temperature for up to five days. Do not refrigerate peaches as this will make them mushy.  Read the full story.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems is gathering  baseline information related to how farmers gain knowledge and opportunity to diversify their famers.  If you farm and would like to participate in a short survey, follow this link.

Many NC farmers utilize High Tunnels as a way to extend the growing season and the Chatham County Extension office is hosting a workshop on August 11th.


Expert Interview

homepagesmallerLearn about landscaping choices for modern houses when Harold Johnson talks with George Smart of the North Carolina Modernist Houses and Sharon Bell Glazener, landscape architect and daughter of one of North Carolina’s most noted landscape architects, Dick Bell.


Coming Next….

Next week, Harold Johnson interviews soil ecologist Dr. Nicolette Cagle.  She is a lecturer at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  She also directs the Environmental Science Summer Program at Duke and is a NC Science Leadership Fellow.



What’s Happening - North Carolina State University Resources

  • Managing Turf
  • Integrated Pest Management 
  • Entomology

Expert Interview

  • Triangle Modern House


  • Plantsmen’s Tour – Shady Shrubs - August 5, 9am-10:30am or 6pm-7:30pm - When it’s too hot for the sunny spots in the landscape, gardeners retreat to the shade. Find out about some proven performers and new additions to the shady shrub palette with Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005.
  • Walk on the Wild Side - August 7, 11am-12noon - Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707.
  • Where the Land is the Star - August 10, 2:30pm-4pm - One of the hotspots of the natural world was, and still is, North Carolina. Botanists, naturalists, and explorers gravitated to this land in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the most celebrated plantsmen of their generations – John Fraser, Andre Michaux, John and William Bartram, and Asa Gray – could be found exploring North Carolina, the real star was the land. Join Tom Earnhardt as he celebrates the Tar Heel landscape and the people drawn to it. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522.
  • Garden to Table – Tasty Summer Vegetables - August 16, 1:30pm-3pm - Bring your whole family to learn how to use seasonal vegetables. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7011 or [email protected]
  • Sustainable Lawns - August 16, 2pm-4pm - Types of lawns depend on use, design goals and resources you are willing to invest. You can strive for lawns to be a dense grass of one type, mixed stands of many types of plants or alternatives like mosses or low ground covers. Lawns can be suitable for very active or more passive use. Alan will look at many lawn options while focusing on the sustainable issues that affect each. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522.
  • Extension Gardener Series: Autumn Container Design - August 21, 6:30pm-8pm- Learn how to design your own fall container garden. Sponsored with the NC Cooperative Extension Service of Durham County. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707.
  • Introduction to Botanical Illustration (Short Course) - August 23, 1pm-4:30pm -This half-day class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration, and introduces the instructors. It is required for ALL students beginning the NCBG certificate program but is open to anyone. No prerequisites. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522.
  • Well-Traveled: On the Influence of William Bartram and His “Travels” - August 24, 2:30pm-3:30pm -We’ll explore the many facets of Bartram’s influence here and abroad, from poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, to naturalists including Erasmus, Darwin and grandson Charles, Asa Gray, William Baldwin, and Charles Lyell. Free; advanced registration required.  North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522.


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